On this week’s INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI What’s it Going to Take?, we discussed Hawaiʻi’s Resilience Through the Pandemic. Like the rest of the world, our state had to pause and hit the reset button due to the novel coronavirus.
This week’s INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI was a special edition, expanded to 90 minutes, asking What’s it Going to Take? Managing Tourism in Hawaiʻi. The tourism industry is one of the State’s largest employers and has been the driving force of our economy.
After failing to raise Hawaiʻi’s minimum wage last year, State lawmakers are trying again with a reworked bill. Critics say it still falls far short of a so-called living wage in these expensive Islands.
Hawaiʻi continues to report one of the lowest monthly unemployment rates in the country – a little more than 2%. Many open positions in the market means that job seekers can be picky, especially in the retail and hospitality sectors.
Hawaiʻi’s minimum wage is $10.10 per hour, which is more than the minimum pay in more than 30 other states. The cost of living in our island state is the highest in the country, with housing leading the way.